Address: District 3, HCMC
The Turtle Lake is located in the joint of 3 streets: Pham Ngoc Thach, Vo Van Tan and Tran Cao Van, right in the heart of city center.
People say that this place is on a good layer of earth so it can bring fortune and luck for the whole city. Whatever it’s true or not, seeing a lot of people enjoying their time here, we can say that this is a really good place.
The lake is surrounded by a lot of tree and itself is a roundabout, so you can feel the Saigon daily routine strongly here. It’s 10 minutes walk away from the city center so from this place, you can easily explore the city after. You can get in and out here by many means of transportation: cab, bus, Grab or Go-Viet, all is very easy to catch.
This Lake is one of Saigon’s four historical symbols, included: Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica (Nhà thờ Đức Bà), Saigon Central Post office (Bưu điện Trung tâm Sài Gòn), Independence Palace (Dinh Độc lập) and Turtle Lake (Công trường Quốc tế or Hồ Con Rùa).
The lake was built since 1975 and has been staying the same since then, not much change in the structure so it’s more about historical value than a super nice architect spot, the style is combined between Western and Eastern so it is quite unique.
There was an alloy turtle but it was removed in an historical event, however, the name of the lake is still kept until today. In some explainaition, the tower in the lake is described as a sword to pin down the turle, to make the harmonical placement of Feng Shui, as this lake is at the tail of the Dragon, while the head of the Dragon is at Independence Place, putting the Turtle here would keep the peace of the city.